1973 California Angels season

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1973 California Angels
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Gene Autry
Manager(s) Bobby Winkles
Local television KTLA
Local radio KMPC
(Dick Enberg, Don Drysdale, Dave Niehaus)
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The 1973 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing fourth in the American League West with a record of 79 wins and 83 losses.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1973 was an eventful season for Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan. On May 15, Ryan threw the first no-hitter of his career.[2] On July 3, he struck out Sal Bando of the Oakland Athletics for the 1000th strikeout in his career.[3] Twelve days later, Ryan threw a second no-hitter, becoming the fifth pitcher in major league history to throw two no-hitters in one season.[4]

For the year, Ryan set what is, as of 2010, the post-1900 Major League Baseball record for most strikeouts in a season with 383, topping Sandy Koufax's 1965 mark by one.[5] (The all-time record belongs to Matt Kilroy, who struck out 513 batters in 1886).[5] In the process, he struck out at least 10 batters in 23 different games.[6]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
Oakland Athletics 94 68 -- .580
Kansas City Royals 88 74 6 .543
Minnesota Twins 81 81 13 .500
California Angels 79 83 15 .488
Chicago White Sox 77 85 17 .475
Texas Rangers 57 105 37 .352

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1973 California Angels
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
2B Alomar, SandySandy Alomar 136 470 112 .238 0 28
LF Pinson, VadaVada Pinson 124 466 121 .266 30 97
DH Robinson, FrankFrank Robinson 147 534 142 .260 8 57

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Oliver, BobBob Oliver 151 544 144 .265 18 89
Grabarkewitz, BillyBilly Grabarkewitz 61 129 21 .163 3 9
Rivers, MickeyMickey Rivers 32 129 45 .349 0 16
Valentine, BobbyBobby Valentine 32 126 38 .302 1 13

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Ryan, NolanNolan Ryan 41 326 21 16 2.87 383
Singer, BillBill Singer 40 315.2 20 14 3.22 241
Wright, ClydeClyde Wright 37 257 11 19 3.68 65
May, RudyRudy May 34 185 7 17 4.38 134

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Sells, DaveDave Sells 51 7 2 10 3.71 25
Barber, SteveSteve Barber 50 3 2 4 3.53 58
Monteagudo, AurelioAurelio Monteagudo 15 2 1 3 4.20 8
Allen, LloydLloyd Allen 5 0 0 1 10.38 4

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Salt Lake City Angels Pacific Coast League Les Moss
AA El Paso Sun Kings Texas League Norm Sherry and Moose Stubing
A Salinas Packers California League Jim Saul
A Quad Cities Angels Midwest League Dick Kinaman
Rookie Idaho Falls Angels Pioneer League Bob Clear

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Frank Robinson page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p. 12, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  3. ^ The Nolan Ryan Express | The Strikeout King | smackbomb.com/nolanryan
  4. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 139, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  5. ^ a b Single-Season Leaders & Records for Strikeouts
  6. ^ Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p. 32, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  7. ^ Mike Epstein page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Brian Kingman page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Curt Motton page at Baseball Reference

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